Podgaits, Efrem (1949-) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in composition (in the class of Yuri Bucko and Nicolai Sidel’nikov). Since 1978, he has been a member of the Russian Union of Composers. From 1982-1990, he was director of the artistic association “Composers and Children”. In 2000, he was awarded the title of Merited Propagator of the Arts of Russia.
Music for children occupies a special place within the musical universe of Podgaits. His Cantatas “How to draw a bird”, “The Lunar Reed-Pipe”, his “Poetry of the Earth” , his opera-cantata “Black Whirlpool” , his Concerto for choir and piano, “The Seasons”, his “Missa Veris” for choir and organ (as beautifully performed by the “Vesna” Children’s Choir, under the direction of A.Ponomarev), are famous in Russia and abroad, and have brought the composer due acknowledgement.